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Michael Vick’s contract gives the Eagles an out

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We’ve noted a few times this season that Michael Vick’s days in Philadelphia could be numbered. The exact number of days Vick has left with the Eagles may turn out to be three days after the Super Bowl.

Vick’s contract calls for him to make $16 million next year, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Vick’s contract guarantees $3 million of that salary if he’s still on the Eagles’ roster three days after the Super Bowl. But the contract also gives the Eagles the ability to cut Vick and have no financial obligations to him, and no charge to their 2013 salary cap at all.

And according to Schefter, league sources believe that cutting Vick is exactly what the Eagles will do unless he leads Philadelphia deep into the playoffs this season.

At 3-2, the Eagles are in first place in the NFC East and could have a big playoff run ahead of them. But if Vick doesn’t stop turning the ball over, and if the Eagles don’t get as far as a team with this much talent should, then the Eagles may move on, and Vick may be a free agent in February.

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  1. unex9885 says: Oct 14, 2012 11:00 AM

    Im a 49ers fan… and a couple years ago I was freaking out saying how stupid they were for not snatching Vick up…. lol. keep this guy as far away from my team as possible! Unless of course we’re playing him.

  2. noeffinway says: Oct 14, 2012 11:02 AM

    Yeah, that or they’ll keep him.

  3. eagleswin says: Oct 14, 2012 11:03 AM

    I would like to see what Foles (a conventional QB) can do. I do know Foles would have a learning curve but protecting the ball and throwing short passes is really not a bad way to go.

    Vick can only play one way, it’s high risk/high reward, Sportscenter guaranteed, wins and playoffs not so much.

  4. tigershark49 says: Oct 14, 2012 11:03 AM

    Adios Ron Mexico!

  5. wtfru2 says: Oct 14, 2012 11:03 AM

    Well, he can always fall back on the dog raising business!

  6. CowboyErik says: Oct 14, 2012 11:06 AM

    If he gets CUT he can’t feed his dog!

  7. raiderlyfe510 says: Oct 14, 2012 11:06 AM

    How come the black QB and Head Coach gets so little time before people’s patience wear out?

    Mike Vick went to the NFC championship his first year, he’s 3-2 this year…worst season was 8-8 and that was on the D Coordinator.

    Our own Hue Jackson goes 8-8 his rookie year as Head Coach and gets fired. Dennis Allen is on his way to a 2-14/4-12 season and everybody around here is asking for patience even the media.

    Racism is still alive.

  8. bennyb82 says: Oct 14, 2012 11:07 AM

    It could be tough for Vick to find a job if he is cut. I doubt many teams will take a chance on him for anything more than a backup. He could start in KC. But I find it hard to believe any team would start him over a young qb or a seasoned veteran. I could see him winding up in Baltimore though if Flacco ends on a bad note.

  9. bossaliniee says: Oct 14, 2012 11:07 AM

    The team is in first place Jesus!

  10. fordmandalay says: Oct 14, 2012 11:10 AM

    I smell the Cardinals in Vick’s not too distant future.

  11. dolphins4 says: Oct 14, 2012 11:18 AM

    Foles is going to be a great NFL QB, it’s only a matter of time before he starts for the Eagles.The only way the Eagles will win a Super Bowl is with Foles at QB.

  12. kvanhorn87 says: Oct 14, 2012 11:18 AM

    Mark my words, he will be cut BUT re-signed for a much more team friendly number. They signed him based on 8 games and projections. He has not lived up to that. He will take a new deal and both sides will live with it for 2 more years.

  13. edavidberg says: Oct 14, 2012 11:22 AM

    Barring a dramatic turnaround the Eagles are not paying him $16 million next year. They could cut him and then try to resign him to a more reasonable deal but $16 million for Vick is just ridiculous.

  14. westclaims says: Oct 14, 2012 11:26 AM

    To fordmandalay – The Cardinals? Seriously? Not a chance. You don’t understand Whisenhunt very well do you?

    I suppose you still believe they would take McNabb as well?

    You don’t understand the Whiz.

  15. raiderkilla0 says: Oct 14, 2012 11:30 AM

    @raiderflyfe510 Mike Vick getting cut has nothing to do with skin color. Apparently you haven’t watched him play this season! Hue Jackson getting fired also has nothing to do with skin color, its because the radier organization is a joke!

  16. realitypolice says: Oct 14, 2012 11:31 AM

    raiderlyfe510:

    Or maybe we are actually watching him play and not just judging him on his won loss record.

    People criticize Mark Sanchez all the time and he went to more conference championships than Vick.

  17. Andre's Johnson says: Oct 14, 2012 11:37 AM

    Raiderlyfe:

    Isn’t a black GM particularly responsible for the firing of your black head coach?

    Stupidity is still alive.

  18. granadafan says: Oct 14, 2012 11:41 AM

    QBs are too valuable for them to running so much even with Goodell’s dictator-like rules to protect them from the punishing defenses.

  19. bbking0420 says: Oct 14, 2012 11:43 AM

    I can see a scenario that if Mike Vick keeps turning the ball over for the Eagles!!!They then cut him at seasons end!!! He ends up in Buffalo or Cleveland!!!

  20. mannyicey says: Oct 14, 2012 11:51 AM

    Yes, let’s get rid of the guy! I mean, how dare he be the quarterback of a team that’s leading their division! With a winning record!

    Can’t stand how Vick is so terrible. I mean, if they had a real quarterback, they’ll be leading the…

    I mean, if he didn’t have so many turnovers and run so much, then he… would be ragged on by the media and the fans for staying in the pocket- especially with a terrible O-line.

    But, wait- it’s all Obama’s, I mean, Vick’s fault that they are losing… I mean, WINNING their division!

    (What idiots!)

  21. bobbyhoying says: Oct 14, 2012 11:54 AM

    I would take Vick over Romo and a host of other chokers any day of the week. If we had Jason Peters healthy Vick could have more protection in the red zone and evrywhere else.

  22. bigbluefan11 says: Oct 14, 2012 11:58 AM

    Another option. His contract is renegotiated to a more cap friendly and palatable number based upon his performance over the entire season.

    Regarding Foles, he’s in the most enviable position. Backup quarterback who played well in the limited appearances. Could be great. Could be A.J. Feeley.

  23. geniusfan says: Oct 14, 2012 11:59 AM

    “I would like to see what Foles (a conventional QB) can do. I do know Foles would have a learning curve but protecting the ball and throwing short passes is really not a bad way to go.”

    I agree. But this needs to happen in 2013 not right now. If the Eagles start Foles this year they are waving the white flag and surrendering their season.

    I want to have faith in Vick I really do. I want to believe he can take the Eagles deep into the playoffs but if I was a betting man I’d say that next year Vick won’t be wearing midnight green anymore.

  24. joetoronto says: Oct 14, 2012 12:04 PM

    “Michael Vick’s contract gives the Eagles an out”

    Take it and don’t look back.

  25. baloneyjohn says: Oct 14, 2012 12:14 PM

    Vick’s hell bent way of playing, hurts him. Pun intended
    He should curtail running like a banshee and pass the ball to McCoy and pass out of bounds or run out of bounds.
    He is no good to anyone, on the bench injured

  26. finsphan says: Oct 14, 2012 12:14 PM

    *mannyicey*

    man your an idiot, do you even watch the game? the eagles have won 2 games just by dumb luck, browns dropped an interception on a bad throw by Vick, eagles d kept them in the game with ravens, Vick is playing horrible and d is winning the games. at least you can do is pay attention. unbelievable!

  27. unex9885 says: Oct 14, 2012 12:14 PM

    @raiderflyfe510 C’mon man… really??

  28. denverscott says: Oct 14, 2012 12:26 PM

    raiderlyfe510 says: Oct 14, 2012 11:06 AM

    How come the black QB and Head Coach gets so little time before people’s patience wear out?

    Mike Vick went to the NFC championship his first year, he’s 3-2 this year…worst season was 8-8 and that was on the D Coordinator.

    Our own Hue Jackson goes 8-8 his rookie year as Head Coach and gets fired. Dennis Allen is on his way to a 2-14/4-12 season and everybody around here is asking for patience even the media.

    Racism is still alive.
    —————————————————-

    Are you serious dude? Pull the race card? How about when Tebow came on the scene. Poor passing, run first kind of player. Everyone says he won’t last, can’t play QB ect. Did you hear anyone say it’s because he’s white? Get off the race issue fool, it has no place in the NFL. Idiot.

  29. richndc says: Oct 14, 2012 12:34 PM

    I heard he was for sure gone if he follows through and changes his name to Mike “I’ll-Eat-A-Deuce-From-Your-Caboose” Vick as he becomes president of Coprophagia Association of Philadelphia.

  30. bleed4philly says: Oct 14, 2012 12:38 PM

    Yay!!!

  31. realitypolice says: Oct 14, 2012 12:52 PM

    raiderlyfe510:

    Ummmm……..You do of course realize that Jackson was fired by an African-American GM?

    Right?

  32. jmclarkent says: Oct 14, 2012 12:54 PM

    raiderlyfe510 says: Oct 14, 2012 11:06 AM

    How come the black QB and Head Coach gets so little time before people’s patience wear out?

    Mike Vick went to the NFC championship his first year, he’s 3-2 this year…worst season was 8-8 and that was on the D Coordinator.

    Our own Hue Jackson goes 8-8 his rookie year as Head Coach and gets fired. Dennis Allen is on his way to a 2-14/4-12 season and everybody around here is asking for patience even the media.

    Racism is still alive.
    —————————————————-

    I am a Raiders fan who lives in Philly, and you are a moron.

    Mike Vick is a turnover machine who is “line of scrimmage” illiterate. Her can read a blitz to save his life. Much of the issues you see with his line are due to a lack of pre-snap adjustments.

    Hue was 8-8, and his team would have been 10-6 if he didn’t lead the league in stupid penalties, push for the Palmer trade (set us back for another few years) and mishandle everything that he touched (McFadden has a Lisfrac and was never IR’d?!? – Palmer played after being with the team for like…3 days – etc).

    Hue was a great coordinator but a mediocre head coach (regardless of his color).

    Mike and Hue aren’t exactly Warren Moon and Mike Tomlin…

  33. computojon says: Oct 14, 2012 12:55 PM

    Hey raiderlyfe510… pass the bong, man.

    Since you’re forcing us to respond to the race card: Hue Jackson was fired by Oakland’s GM Reggie McKenzie. Reggie McKenzie happens to be… black. Yet he is the same guy who is retaining Dennis Allen.

    So presumably you’re calling Reggie McKenzie a racist?

  34. fdugrad says: Oct 14, 2012 12:55 PM

    NAH NAH NAH NAH, HEY HEY HEY. GOODBYE!

  35. 2difshoe says: Oct 14, 2012 1:23 PM

    So, in other words Michael Vick is underachieving.

    And what was it that Vick did to HIS underachieving dogs ?

  36. b1unt3d says: Oct 14, 2012 1:29 PM

    raiderlyfe510 says: Oct 14, 2012 11:06 AM
    How come the black QB and Head Coach gets so little time before people’s patience wear out?

    What a joke. If any other quarterback had 6 interceptions and 8 fumbles in 5 games.. he would at the very least be benched. In fact, he would probably get cut. Keep bitching about racism being alive and making yourself look absolutely foolish.

    As for Hue Jackson.. Yes, it was a terrible firing. But that is a reflection of how inept the organization is, not his skin colour.

  37. popcrowl says: Oct 14, 2012 1:51 PM

    Please. It’s not personal, it’s all about how he plays. This guy is a horrible ball manager. He is 32, he will never learn how to play the position correctly. I can’t take how he plays. It’s awfull. He turns the ball over constantly. Let him walk.

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